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A higher-resolution version of the Chang'e 3 lander's panoramic view of the lunar surface has appeared on the Web, and artist Don Davis has cleaned it of artifacts to make a beautiful, seamless view. In other news, the mission has been reorganized to accommodate a possibly year-long adventure on the lunar surface. (Image: Chinese Academy of Sciences / Don Davis) |

This photo from China's Chang'e 3 lunar lander shows the landing site terrain on the moon after a successful Dec. 14, 2013 landing. This image was beamed live to Earth and broadcast by the state-run CNTV news channel.

The Chang'e 3 lunar lander and moon rover is part of the second phase of China's three-step robotic lunar exploration program.

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This image shows the Yutu rover leaving the lander area and making its way on the lunar surface. Image: Chinese Academy of Sciences/China National Space Administration/The Science and Application Centre for Moon and Deep Space Exploration/Emily Lakdawalla.

MOZ16406a China’s Yutu Moon Rover (Long March 3B; The Chang'e 3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover; Chang’e 3)